EVERTON boss Frank Lampard singled out Donny van de Beek for his starring display in the 3-0 win against Leeds at Goodison Park.
The Merseyside outfit moved five points clear of the bottom three after ending their six-game winless run in the top-flight.
It was Lampard’s first Premier League win since taking succeeding Rafa Benitez with Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane and Anthony Gordon all getting on the score sheet.
And the ex-Chelsea gaffer was full of praise for Dutch midfielder Van de Beek, who made his first Premier League start of the season.
The former Ajax maestro joined from Manchester United on loan last month, and has immediately endeared himself to the Everton faithful.
Van de Beek wasn’t the only January arrival to feature against the Whites, with Dele Alli and Anwar El Ghazi also making cameos off the bench.
Speaking to BBC MOTD after the win, Lampard said: “It was nice! An incredible afternoon. What we did today was something special in terms of the performance.
“It showed an attitude, aggression and work rate. The fans, when they see what the players are putting into the game… What they give us. It has to be the start.
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“I can see the talent. Individually you go through the team and there’s ability in there. It was about being a strong unit and fighting for the fans.
“You have to be solid against Leeds. It was a great reaction, the fans would have enjoyed it – I certainly did. We need to use it for a base for where we want to go in the league.
“Relief is three points and the table looks slightly better this week but I’m just so proud of the performance.
“I haven’t seen a performance like that in the first half for, pfft… That has made me really happy. We need to build.
“I thought Donny van de Beek was great. To play like that at home – his calmness, work rate and intelligence was great.
“Dele Alli was active when he came on. There will be more from them both. They are great additions and I believe they will get better.
“I’ve had a lot of support since I came to this club. It’s humbling for me to have the fans supporting me so well.”
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